Origin of MayDay

Remembering May Day and the history behind it. The best sources to explain the origin of May Day are in the links at the bottom of this post.

There are two reasons May Day is celebrated.

The first is over a thousand years old and a much more festive and cheery celebrations.

The Celtic Northern Hemisphere celebrations of Beltane, are on May 1. “May Day was, and still is, known as Beltane; a festival for the celebration of the life, fertility and summer.”
Dancing around the decorated Maypole and children giving May Baskets to their neighbors on their doorsteps are all part of this celebration here in America, though these traditions are not as common in the twenty-first century. The baskets were made out of whatever was available and filled with flowers or sweets or both, then delivered early in the morning May 1 on each neighbor’s doorstep.

The second reason May Day is celebrated is to remember those who gave their lives to gain 8 hour workdays and safe working conditions.

Below is an excerpt from one of the articles.

“In the late nineteenth century, the working class was in constant struggle to gain the 8-hour work day. Working conditions were severe and it was quite common to work 10 to 16 hour days in unsafe conditions. Death and injury were commonplace at many work places and inspired such books as Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle and Jack London’s The Iron Heel.
Workers had seen first-hand that Capitalism benefited only their bosses, trading workers’ lives for profit. Thousands of men, women and children were dying needlessly every year in the workplace, with life expectancy as low as their early twenties in some industries, and little hope but death of rising out of their destitution. Socialism offered another option.

On May 1, 1886, more than 300,000 workers in 13,000 businesses across the United States walked off their jobs in the first May Day celebration in history. In Chicago, the epicenter for the 8-hour day agitators, 40,000 went out on strike with the anarchists in the forefront of the public’s eye. With their fiery speeches and revolutionary ideology of direct action, anarchists and anarchism became respected and embraced by the working people and despised by the capitalists.

More and more workers continued to walk off their jobs until the numbers swelled to nearly 100,000, yet peace prevailed. It was not until two days later, May 3, 1886, that violence broke out at the McCormick Reaper Works between police and strikers.

For six months, armed Pinkerton agents and the police harassed and beat locked-out steelworkers as they picketed. Most of these workers belonged to the “anarchist-dominated” Metal Workers’ Union. During a speech near the McCormick plant, some two hundred demonstrators joined the steelworkers on the picket line. Beatings with police clubs escalated into rock throwing by the strikers which the police responded to with gunfire. At least two strikers were killed and an unknown number were wounded.”

Unfortunately, so many people believe that in America this freedom was just handed over. Not true. It wasn’t out of the goodness of business owners hearts that work days became 8 hour days with pay. The workers fought for it, the first labor unions gave their lives for it which gave way to better formed unions who eventually paved the way for the industrial working conditions today.

http://www.examiner.com/article/happy-may-day-25-may-day-baskets-and-craft-projects-for-kids-and-adults

http://web-holidays.com/mayday/

http://guardianlv.com/2014/04/may-day-history-beltane-and-the-may-pole/

http://www.theholidayspot.com/mayday/history.htm

http://www.iww.org/history/library/misc/origins_of_mayday

http://www.euronews.com/2015/04/30/the-dark-origins-of-may-day-/

http://www.u-s-history.com/pages/h750.html

piffle – #WordOfTheDay April 30, 2015

Definitions for piffle

[pifuh l] Informal.

  1. nonsense, as trivial or senseless talk. – noun
  2. to talk nonsense. – verb

Use piffle in a sentence.

My example: “All this piffle about you becoming an astronaut, a brain surgeon or a nuclear physicist is a waste of my time. You are sixty-four years old. I think that time has passed,” my Grandma told my grandpa. Little did she know that Grandpa thought he was eighteen again and was showing sure signs of Alzheimer’s disease.

Word of the Day – cacophonous

#wordoftheday begins today.

Everyday I will put up the word of the day by Dictionary.com. Also everyday I will either use that word in a sentence or a short paragraph or if I am feeling really feisty, a short story.

Try it for yourself. After you read what the word of the day is, write it in a sentence, paragraph or short story of your own. Have fun with it. In no time, you will have a plethora of new words in your writing basket.

cacophonous – (kuh-kof-uh-nuh s) adj. – having a harsh or discordant sound.

‘The room was closing in on me; the cacophonous music threatening to make my head explode. How can anyone call that music? Just please make it stop.

Now your turn. Remember, have fun with it and…..#justkeepwriting  #justkeepwriting

Sock Thief Caught

“Yeah I have your socks Mom. What are you going to do about it huh?”

This little sock thief was then a month shy of being 15 years old. I had to laugh when I saw her curled up in her chair with my pair of socks. It was my fault as I had left them on the floor in our bedroom. Brit has always had an affliction for socks, especially if she gets a pair of them.

However, the next post shows what happens a minute later…

Inviting You to Take a Closer Look

Welcome to my world of words and photos.

Photos only capture a split moment of time but can easily be worth a thousand words. Words can capture any amount of time and can create the most amazing pictures. When the two are put together, the youngest psyches learn volumes of information twice as fast.

This is the reason I created this website. As an author of picture books and Young Adult books, I create different worlds that children may not ever know otherwise.

I have written and told stories most of my life. My children and their friends beg me constantly to tell them new stories and finally after years of storytelling, they encouraged me to put them to paper and get them published as these stories are their favorites and I tell them over and over. I worked in our school district for most of my daughters school years right until my youngest graduated high school. In fact, I worked with all grade levels of students, elementary through high school. The best part of this is that I worked in positions that allowed me to get to know the kids and hear their stories and thoughts on their world inside and out of school. I was very blessed.

Since then, I have been honing these stories.

This website will offer new tidbits daily of my writing or special photos that tell their own story. I may even offer up some silly 60 second stories to tell your kids for bedtime stories; a favorite past time of my girls.

So stop in, take a quick look or a longer look if you feel like staying a while.

No matter the writing, it's all about the words. This site is PG-rated and dedicated to #KIDLIT.

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